December 13, 2018 | Barb Carr

Evidence Collection and Interviewing Tip: Team Huddle

After an incident occurs and steps have been taken to preserve the incident scene, it’s a good time for the investigative team to huddle for 15 or 20 minutes to quickly assign initial tasks and plan steps forward.

Here are a few questions to answer during the huddle:

  1. Who will visit and photograph the scene? When will this happen?
  2. Is there any fragile evidence that will go away if it is not collected immediately? Who will collect it?
  3. Who will issue witness statement forms and to whom? When will they be collected?
  4. Who will schedule interviews with the witnesses after the statements are collected?
  5. Are there maps, diagrams, photographs, or security video that can be located and collected immediately?
  6. Is it necessary to contact any specialists or experts at this point?
  7. Are control and recording procedures in place to gather evidence?
  8. When will a follow-up meeting be held to review tasks assigned and decide upon next steps?

These are just a few questions to consider. Can you think of more that need to be addressed before the investigation gets started? Comment below.

To learn more evidence collection tips, register for “TapRooT® Evidence Collection and Interviewing Techniques to Sharpen Investigation Skills,” March 11-12, 2019. We also can come to your facility and teach this course as a 1-day course. Contact us to learn more.

 

 

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